The Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) Program focus on the language, literature and culture of deaf communities in Brazil and in other countries. In order to enter the program, the candidate must choose between a bachelor’s degree with focus on teaching, leading to a teaching license (licenciatura) or a bachelor’s degree to become a translator/interpreter (bacharelado). In the first degree option, the student will do a teaching practice internship in public and private schools. In the other, the student engages in practical internships in the field of translating and interpreting in various contexts, particularly in the educational context.
The Brazilian Sign Language graduate that holds a teaching license can teach Libras as a first language to deaf students in primary and secondary schools, as well as as a second language to listeners from primary school to higher education (in particular in all degrees across the country that have a teacher training component, as they shall now offer mandatory Libras courses to undergraduate students according to the Decree no. 5626/05). Besides, the Libras teacher can also work in institutions specializing in the teaching of Libras, such as federations and associations of the deaf. On the other hand, the translation and interpretation professional can act as an interpreter in classrooms, meetings and conferences, as well as in the translation of technical and literary texts and in text revision and proofreading.
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